THE Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has scooped a prestigious global prize in recognition of its design of a 9km stretch of parks around Telok Blangah.

Known as the Southern Ridges, it links Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park to West Coast Park.

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Award for Excellence comes just four months after the authority won the same prize for the Asia-Pacific region.

First established in 1979, the ULI award recognises projects that not only stand out for their design, but also represent the best examples of land use.

The award recognises the entire development process of a project, from construction and cost considerations to marketing, management and design.

The URA had previously won the global award in 2006 for its conservation programme and the Asia-Pacific award in 2008 for its master planning of the Bras Basah and Bugis areas.

URA wins global prize